11 May 2009

Dechert and Chadbourne lock horns over Moscow team

Dechert and Chadbourne & Parke were locked in a battle last week over the future of a five-partner team in the latter’s Moscow office. Bart Winokur Dechert looked all set to unveil the hire of the group, which includes Chadbourne’s Russia head Laura Brank, on Thursday (7 May). However, a last-ditch attempt to persuade the […]

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Nordic: Dane crash

A bumper fraud is the least of Denmark’s worries, with insolvencies hitting record figures. But Tom Phillips finds optimism for the country from those in the know Stein Bagger The high-profile case of a jet-setting fraudster who is alleged to have conned ­millions from customers, banks and an international accountancy firm has kept the Danish […]

Tulkinghorn: Eggy White’s chicken fight

Nottingham Law School’s LPC director Bob White is known for running a tight ship at work. But now it looks as though the law school chief has started to expect the same high standards from his pets. Namely, his chickens. White makes sure his feathered friends abide by his one-egg rule. This means that if […]

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Focus partner promotions: Forgotten generation

The recession has seen promotions dry up. Is this a necessary step or a knee-jerk reaction? It was always on the cards that the number of lawyers promoted to partner this year was going to take a nosedive. The legal market is facing the toughest economic environment in living memory. But the senior partners of […]

All firms great and small remain wise and wonderful despite recession woes

The Lawyer Awards Corporate Team of the Year shortlist was again inundated with worthy winners, says Catrin Griffiths Malcolm Lombers Over the years the shortlist for the corporate team of the year in The Lawyer Awards has closely reflected the trends in the deals market. This year is no different. Inevitably, there is a strong […]

Tods Murray leads way on £170m Fife hospital deal

Scotland’s Tods Murray has helped its client Consort Healthcare (Fife) reach financial close on the £170m Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services PPP. Tods Murray picked up the deal through its long-standing relationship with consortium partner Balfour Beatty, which it has advised on five UK hospital ­projects in total. The other consortium member on this […]

Weil, Cleary, Baker Botts star in US media merger

A trio of us firms have scored lead roles on DirecTV’s merger with ­Liberty Media Corporation. Weil Gotshal & Manges M&A partners Fred Green and Michael Lubowitz led a team advising DirecTV on the merger, with Baker Botts on the other side. Baker Botts partners Buzz McGrath, Renee Wilm and Jonathan Gordon advised longstanding client […]

Legal teams advise power giants on next generation nuclear plants

The UK is one step closer to having a new generation of nuclear power stations, ­following the successful acquisition of three sites by potential developers. Burges Salmon has advised the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on the sale of plots of land adjacent to three ­existing nuclear plants at Bradwell in Essex, Oldbury in Gloucestershire and Wylfa […]

Slaughters secures plum role on £700m 3i rights issue

Slaughter and May has won a choice instruction from 3i over its impending rights issue. Martin Hattrell Corporate partner ­Martin Hattrell is understood to be representing the private equity group as it considers an equity raising of between £500m and £700m. Hattrell has been advising the group on how to deal with its £2bn debt […]

Dechert and Chadbourne lock horns over Moscow team

Dechert and Chadbourne & Parke were locked in a battle last week over the future of a five-partner team in the latter’s Moscow office. Bart Winokur Dechert looked all set to unveil the hire of the group, which includes Chadbourne’s Russia head Laura Brank, on Thursday (7 May). However, a last-ditch attempt to persuade the […]

Simpson Thacher’s City gent

NY giant continues global advance as CC’s Signy signs up for the ride. By Julia Berris Adam Signy It Is not every day that Simpson Thacher & Bartlett makes a lateral hire. Which is why the UK and Manhattan legal communities were agog to see that the elite New York firm had snared UK corporate […]

Opinion: Politics must not jam road traffic process reforms

When I received a letter from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week saying the road traffic process reforms would be delayed, I was not surprised. Anthony Hughes To receive it 24 hours before a preplanned mediation on the issue, though, was surprising, and hardly ­motivating. However, to then receive an email mid-mediation with members […]

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